My greatest wish for all of my students, past present
and future:

Keep loving.
Keep giving back.
Keep being kind.
Keep caring.
Keep trying new things.
Keep showing grace.
The world needs you to believe in the GOOD.

Teaching Channel Talks

August 30, 2023

In this inspiring and delightful conversation, Wendy and Katie discuss the impact of teaching junior high, Katie’s experience being nominated for a Grammy, and share five key takeaways that both parents and teachers can use to support their middle schoolers.

Olentangy Schools Staff Convocation 

August 17, 2022

I was honored to give the keynote address, "Notes from the Choir Room," which concluded with our first ever Olentangy Schools Staff Choir at our Opening Day Convocation!

I graduated from The Ohio State University exactly 20 years ago.  It was such an honor to chat with the alumni magazine about my journey as a music education major and masters student and about how much I love to spread joy through music.  I'm always happy to contribute to a story with a positive focus.  We need more of that reading material!

"The Sunshine Ratio"- Ohio Choral Directors Association Spring 2022 News, Volume 41, Issue 3

Chagrin Valley Times 6/2/22

My dream to become a music teacher began exactly 30 years ago and it got stronger every year thanks to my incredible music and drama teachers in Solon, Ohio!

That Ohio Vibe

Shanahan is the real sunshine-- the students, the staff, the families, the entire historic and precious building.  I'm just drawing back the curtains so the world can see!

See the Sound

One of the highlights of this year was meeting 2020 Grammy Music Educator Mickey Smith Jr. When we sat down to chat for his “See the Sound” podcast back in the fall we became fast friends! Mickey’s mission is to help us see the sound, and mine is to help us see the SUN!

Follow the links to listen!

About Me

I am proud to be in my 22nd year of teaching vocal music in central Ohio.  After graduating from Solon High School, I received my Bachelors and Masters of Music Education at  The Ohio State University.  I began my teaching career at Marysville Middle School and High School where I proudly tripled student involvement in the vocal music programs.  I currently teach vocal music at Olentangy Shanahan Middle School in Lewis Center, Ohio. 

Ever since sixth grade, I have felt that we can see our biggest potential during the countless moments where we can contribute to something bigger than ourselves.  It is such a joy to spread that message to my students each day!  Over the past 14 years I have presented clinics at three Ohio Music Educators Association Professional Conferences and I am currently the Treble Honor Choir Chair for the Ohio Choral Directors Association. I enjoy working with talented 6th through 8th grade vocalists every day because I discovered my love for choir when I was in middle school.  My music teaching philosophy is centered on the idea that “music is for everyone!”  

Instagram:  @mrssilcottsings